Expecting? Nothing beats good preparation. In every worthwhile endeavor we normally plot a course of action to ensure success. This is just as important as you prepare for your pregnancy. During this period of time before you become pregnant (preconception) there are a number of things to take into consideration.
Preconception care is important for both the mother and the father to help lower the risks of complications. Getting good health care before you become pregnant will help you throughout the pregnancy and also with the energy reserves needed when the new addition to the family arrives!
If you are planning to become pregnant you should let all of your physicians know, especially if you are receiving specialized care for other medical conditions (for example diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease). You may need special additional care during the pregnancy.
A healthy and balanced diet is good for you all during your life but it is especially important during pregnancy because what you eat supports the growth of your baby. It is always good to develop these habits before your pregnancy to optimize the early development of the baby. It is also suggested that you begin a prenatal vitamin that includes folic acid because this can help to reduce the risk of certain birth defects.
Alcohol, tobacco, drug use and exposure to some environmental substances or medications can be harmful to you and the baby. All of this information should be discussed with your doctor. Your doctor can answer many questions for you and help to get you on the road to achieving the healthy and wonderful pregnancy that you desire.
Becoming a parent is a major commitment filled with challenges, choices and rewards. Make a few changes now by keeping fit, eating wisely, avoiding things that could be harmful and visiting with your doctor. This way you have done the most you can to prepare for a normal pregnancy and healthy baby.
Any information provided through MD Wellspring is not intended to substitute for your doctor’s recommendations.